Festival de la Habana will present Eight Strings and a Whistle performing the Cuban premiere of Pamela Sklar's trio Third Eye. Written for flute, viola and cello, the trio's playing of this music may begin to open your third …Read more
Two Journeys in Westchester County
- Oct 8, 2023 2:00 pm
Written for Eight Strings and a Whistle, Third Eye and the Inward Journey (Two Journeys) represents separate but connected journeys towards self-awakening, awareness, enlightenment and greater spirituality.
The first Journey, Third Eye, begins with a solo flute line; a long, mid-range F# (one of the more mystical-sounding flute tones, to me). Quickly flowing from that F# is a rapid group of six* repeating notes. This solo represents a brief ceremonial calling- willingness -to open and seek one’s inner truth. Thus, the odyssey can begin.
The three instruments share similar energy- the viola and cello vibrating wood via bowed or plucked strings, the flute using life breath to vibrate a silver tube.
Throughout the piece, longer stretches of uneven time signatures and differing lengths of sustained notes enable listeners to experience a feeling of being in the moment without measuring time as we do in the physical plane.
Third Eye ends much like the opening with a single suspended flute note, but now with a high E. A seventh above the opening tone, the higher E symbolizes the seventh chakra (the crown chakra) which relates to pure consciousness.